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Clock tower – ‘Saawa ya Kwiini’ in peril


May 27, 2020 ,
The clock tower on Entebbe road at Queen’s way roundabout survived the 2006 road rehabilitation as the country prepared for CHOGM in 2007 but this time fate has met it.
The clock tower that was built in1954 in commemoration of the first visit of Her Majesty the  Queen of England, Elizabeth II in Uganda and the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip survived demolition and relocation because the government saw it worthy to have the clock shown to the Queen on her return to  Uganda during the CHOGM meeting that was held here on 2007.
However this time round as Uganda National Roads Authority – UNRA gets busy with the  295 billion project of constructing Kampala flyover funded by the Japanese government through Japanese International Corporation  Agency – JICA, the historical monument’s original stand shall be no more.
The monument is to be relocated to a near by location close to the Pan – African square a decision that has left many Ugandans unsatisfied and chose to social media to show dissatisfaction.
Ugandas especially those who treasure historical heritage for tourism say the monument is one of Kampala’s outstanding identity that makes the city different from others and thus shouldn’t be tampered with.
Through its official social media pages UNRA  has come out to assure the concerned Ugandans that the heritage shall be protected though in a near-by location as agreed upon by other stake holders amongst whom included the department of museum and monuments under the ministry of tourism  wildlife and antiquities.

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